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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 08-07-2020, 10:55 Thread Starter
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Out in the Motorhome - at last .....

We went out in the Pilote yesterday for the first time since lockdown.

A forty mile round trip to Clumber Park.

We had to book online to be allowed in the Park and arrive at specific times Ė ours was between 2 and 2.30.

One main entrance had been blocked and the road closed, for no obvious reason, and we had to drive an extra three miles to find an access road with National Trust people manning the entrance.

The car parks, usually heaving even on wet Summer days like yesterday, were virtually empty.

We were able to walk anywhere in the Park but it was obvious that everyone we saw was determined to keep well separated and socially distanced Ė although everyone we passed acknowledged us most politely and usually smiling.

Almost as if seeing another human being was a pleasure in itself.

We stayed an hour or so with the dog having a decent run well away from the lake and the bird wildlife.

We went to the outside Cafe hut and bought ice creams and some cake to eat back at the Motorhome Ė cash not allowed Ė only card payments.

The Cafe/restaurant area was a one way system of arrows and tape to keep social distancing and hand gel was provided.

It felt unusual and almost scary, as my wife is on the shielded list and I'm older than her and probably wouldn't survive the virus, trying to act and do what we did in previous years but knowing one false move could be detrimental to us both.

We were glad we'd been out but having to plan our every outdoor move is a worry.

The Pilote went very well with all parts (gas hob, toilet, fridge/freezer) working correctly and the new tyres (fitted late last year) were good in the rain and gave a decent ride.

Sorry for the ramblings of an old man but even going beyond our front door feels like an adventure - although France still seems a long, long way off.
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post #2 of 18 (permalink) Old 08-07-2020, 11:32
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hi keith

no need to be sorry

we are in a similar position as yourselves

as we live in a village we have just started to drive about 400yds to a local wooded area belonging to the estate that andrew a firgie used to own (sunning hill park)

but i get in panic mode if someone comes the other way but luckily there is enough space that we make sure we are around 5 metres apart its those bloody young mums with young kids that dont give a damn and just are happy to walk near us with trying to move over

i spoke to our gp about that and she said younger people dont give a damn and think it wont affect them

my rant over now

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I remember staying at the CMC site there a few years ago for one night. It was full and the caravan behind us had a Range Rover with a dog cage in the back for three German Shepherds who would softly growl constantly. We had to park up very near to the toilet/shower block, which we would normally NEVER choose and had a succession of people walking past all the time. I remember it as very busy with masses of dogs. It was not a peaceful time and we had only chosen it as last minute stopover en-route home from Scotland. Iím sure the area is lovely but never again.
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So pleased for all of you foraging back on travel

We are not yet ready

Iím still struggling with the aftermath of Covid 19

Taking heart from others who have the same symptoms , so Iím not alone

I have wrist supports from the OTs to support my inflammatory arthritis

And they will support my wrists on the electric tricycle which Iíve not yet ridden

But one day we will travel and it will be convenient to practise in safe areas

At present itís just local on the road and Iím not confident enough for that

I thought when I bought it I would just get on and ride it, balanced on three wheels

But thatís not how it is

Still hoping a farm on the tissington trail Has vacancies when the weather improves

And having gained confidence Iíll be away

Shadow is getting old and were not sure a trip abroad is on the cards for him now

Although looking at him the odds are he could well outlive us

Hardly any intestines he should have died years ago , but heís 12 1/2 a good age for a large german shepherd in full health

Heís heard us say when he goes if we are able we will travel , first class ,to areas of the world

The 1/2 million weíve set aside for the kids inheritance we may well dip into

It was money left to me before you think Iím rich

We just go on as we always have content

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When I read your posts itís like reading about another world, although things like masks when shopping etc. washing hands, no close contact is still going on here, personally I have not been restricted for trips out in the countryside. Itís very relaxed at the stables where I am now, but no hand shaking or hugs which used to be the norm here.
It is quite unbelievable what you are telling me, a bit like reading a book, just a story thatís made up, not really true, but unfortunately I know it is and I am very sorry for you all. Stay safe all of you, it will come to an end sometime, unfortunately we donít know when.
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I wonder if it will Jan

Once bitten twice shy

Itís not looking good as lockdown resumes in so many countries

Including areas of our own

People get restless want to resume normal life, freedom as it once was

But what is normal life now?

No one really knows, we are stalked by a pandemic which we have as yet no protection against

Death rates down for now

But for how long ?

We will Iím sure beat it, as Iím sure one day we Will beat Cancer

But when and how

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Great news that you have flown free, even if for a short while, Keith. I bet the dog was pleased to have a lovely run?
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Sounds like a great day out Keith!

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Our son wishes to use the van and a tent to take his family on holiday

Of course he can, itís time it had a run

But when it returns how safe will it be ?

Beds will be stripped and washed

Sides wiped and it will be left to air

I almost died with covid, and as yet Iím not well

So understandably Iím a bit nervous

They are young and cannot understand that

They never saw my lips turn blue as I fought for breath

Neither did I , but Albert did

One thing I knew I didnít want to die without Albert by my side , and he was torn , no one came near to advise him

And lucky for me I didnít die, although the aftermath hasnít been good so far

And still if you ask me would you choose the same again

Well yes I would

56 years with this guy , we are one , I can think of nothing and no one I would want by my side

Lucky or what ?

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But when it returns how safe will it be ?

I'm booked in with the dealer towards the end of August. The way they're working is you park up in front of the office, hand in your keys - they leave the van there for 3 days.

Then they do the work, park it up for 3 days, then you go and collect.

Sounds a lot easier than cleaning all the surfaces!

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